Being into existence since 1970s, pregnancy tests have helped in finite women during the time of their distress and confusion. These tests have an exceptional accuracy rate, but this accuracy rate of more than 97% also depends upon how you perform them. These tips will help you to perform these tests in the correct manner and hence will save you from unwanted future complications.
The first and foremost important thing is to perform these at the right time of the month. Lots of women during their first pregnancy and under excitement take these tests too early receiving false results. A test can give you false negative results when a woman might actually be pregnant but she tested too early and in spite of the test kit being of good quality it will fail to detect any hCG hormone. HCG hormone is a hormone which is created by the growing baby's placenta. As a thumb you should wait for at least 11 days before performing the pregnancy tests because this hormone hCG could only be traced after 11 days of conception. Hence you are more likely to receive a false negative result if you will perform any pregnancy test before 11 days of conceiving.
Not only the number of days but also the time of day which you use to perform the test also matters. The first urine in the morning contains the most concentrated levels of hCG and has it is recommended by experts that you should always take this test as first thing in the morning. As the day passes and you consume liquid foods like coffee, juice etc. the urine gets diluted which could hamper the accuracy of the test.
Although very easy to be performed at home by yourself, it is recommended that you understand the small nitty-gritty of these pregnancy tests so that you receive accurate results without compromising on any of the factors. Kits of all brands come equipped with the user manual and while it is clearly stated that you should properly wash your hands before performing the test most of us unknowingly skip this important step and contaminate the whole process. These tests are very sensitive and even a small drop of sweat could result in false or wrong test results.
A proper droplet should be used and it should always be taken care of that you do not sprinkle the urine on any other part of the kit especially the test indicator window. Thus test indicator window requires that the urine travels towards it uniformly through the strip and hence it can malfunction if a droplet is dropped on it directly. Now days most of the pregnancy test kits come with splash guards and it would be a good practice to conform for the same while buying a test kit from your local store or online. We fully understand that it might be a tough time for you and you would be quite nervous but you should not rush to interpret the test results and allow the kit at least five minutes to settle down.
Out of the various test kits available First Response and Clearblue are the most trusted ones.
First Response has proved itself time and again and is considered to be the best brand of pregnancy test kits which even allows women to perform early pregnancy tests accurately. But then again no matter how good an equipment is it will not prove to be beneficial if not used properly. It is not only imperative to learn the correct ways of performing home pregnancy test but one should also understand as to what actions could impact the accuracy of test result. The reason why sometimes women feel that First Response kit has not given them accurate result is because they have miscalculated there period timings. It is quite interesting to note that a woman might remember the first day of their previous period but cannot accurately calculate the day when she conceived. On evolution takes place only after 10 to 17 days calculated from the first day of the previous period. Any woman with normal 28 day cycle would ovulate after the 14 day from the first day of the last period if in case she has not had an intercourse during these days.
If she had an intercourse during these 14 days than there are high chances that she could conceive any time during the mid point of her menstrual cycle. Again if she tests before missing the periods than it would be too early for the kit to be able to identify any hCG hormone. Using First Response or any other good quality pregnancy test kit like Clearblue would give accurate result in the test is performed only within a few days of the scheduled period date or better if done on the first day of missing the period.
Clearblue is another good brand that is very famous among women worldwide due to its accuracy and reliability. However it is always possible to contaminate the results if the test is not performed on the correct days. That is why we repeatedly emphasize that tests should be done close to the dates of missing periods, Although the user manual might state otherwise. Also lot of times test results are positive but later on one starts to bleed and hence she thinks of it as a late period while blaming the kit for false results. If you took a Clearblue pregnancy test which was positive for later on bleeding starts than there are high chances that you have miscarried.